DMAT CO-2 (Disaster Medical Assistance Team Colorado-2) is a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel (supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff) designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event. Our mission is to provide emergency medical care and to augment local medical capabillities when needed during times of disaster. Examples of such include: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, or other devastating events including acts of terrorism.NDMS (National Disaster Medical System) recruits personnel for specific vacancies, plans for training opportunities, and coordinates the deployment of the teams.
DMATs are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other Federal or contract resources can be mobilized, or the situation is resolved. DMATs deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain themselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site. These sites may include tents or existing clinics or hospitals. In some cases, we may be involved with the transfer of victims from air transport to ground services, then onward to definitive care facilities. The personnel are activated for a period of two weeks.
DMAT CO-2 consists of 100-150 medical professionals and support staff organized and trained to activate a deployment team of 50 personnel within 8 hours of notification. Upon arrival at a scene, we will work with other DMATs from across the country as well as with additional federal, state and local disaster teams to triage and treat victims at casualty collection points and provide medical care at staging and reception sites.
In mass casualty incidents, their responsibilities may include triaging patients, providing high-quality medical care despite the adverse and austere environment often found at a disaster site, patient reception at staging facilities and preparing patients for evacuation.
Under the rare circumstance that disaster victims are evacuated to a different locale to receive definitive medical care, DMATs may be activated to support patient reception and disposition of patients to hospitals. DMATs are principally a community resource available to support local, regional, and State requirements. However, as a National resource they can be federalized
NDMS/DMAT personnel are required to maintain appropriate certifications and licensure within their discipline. When personnel are activated as Federal employees, licensure and certification is recognized by all States. Additionally, DMAT personnel are paid while serving as intermittent federal employees and have the protection of the Federal Tort Claims Act in which the Federal Government becomes the defendant in the event of a malpractice claim.
Deployment time-frames are for up to 14 days with the possibility of voluntary extensions based on the missions, and members can individually choose whether or not to deploy for any specific mission. All employees are protected under USERRA well they are deployed.
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